Three World War II veterans recently gathered at the Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield Glade and reflected a few of their memories from the war time.

Gordon Overbey, 92, said he was in the war late 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy.

“I was in air crew training and was released to inactive duty right at the end of the war. One of my greatest memories was getting together at the end of the war with all my cousins who had served and all of us celebrating. I had no combat experiences but I remember a lot of people were thrilled and the excitement that surrounded D-Day,” Overbey said. “I enlisted right out of high school because I wanted to be part of the war effort.”

“I went in later in World War II and right after nurses training I volunteered,” Andrea Hyde said.

Hyde, 97, said she served in the Army Nurse Corps and was stationed in an eye ward in England.

She said she worked with soldiers who had suffered from eye injuries.

“I respected every one of them. I had so many good experiences and I was treated well,” Hyde said.

She said she returned to the United States on the Queen Mary.

“When we got to the Statue of Liberty the ship almost turned over,” Hyde said. “The government did so much for me.”

Thanks to her service, Hyde said she had trips, several jobs, and her husband.

“Thanks to the government I got all of those and my child,” Hyde said.

She said as her rank went up, so did her salary.

“I have no regrets,” she said.

Fenton Kelley, 93, said he served in the U.S. Army in the 93rd Army Division in the Army Tank Corps in Germany from 1944-1946.

“We crossed the river and went into Berlin,” he said.

Kelley said after the war he went into school and earned a degree in agricultural engineering.

“The GI Bill was good to me. It gave us a lot of opportunities we never would have had,” Kelley said.

All three agreed their experiences during World War II shaped their lives and how they appreciate and love the United States of America.

Gary Nelson may be reached at gnelson@crossville-chronicle.com

Crossville Chronicle senior staff writer